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Arnold Vegafria, the national director of Miss World Philippines, aims to make this year’s pageant more epic and trendsetting, the better to promote local tourism and generate goodwill among all contestants.

“I am deeply honored and privileged to have been given this challenge. I am looking forward to continuing our mission of uplifting the image of the Filipina in the global pageant circuit. But even more importantly, it has always been our priority to perpetuate the Miss World Organization’s noble advocacy of ‘Beauty With A Purpose,’” Arnold said.

(FROM LEFT): Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Miss World 2012 Top 15 finalist Queneerich Rehman, Miss World 2015 Top 10 finalist Hillarie Parungao, Miss World Philippines General Manager Bessie Besana, Miss World Philippines National Director Arnold Vegafria, Miss World 2011 First Princess Gwendoline Ruais, and Miss World 2016 3rd runner-up Catriona Gray

Aside from the main crown, this year’s Miss World Philippines pageant will also unveil three new titles, namely: Miss Eco Philippines 2017, Miss Reina Hispano Americana Filipinas 2017, and Miss Multinational Philippines 2017.

The Miss Eco International 2018 pageant will be held in Alexandria, Egypt on April 2018, while the Reina Hispano Americana 2017 coronation night will be held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on November 2017. The Miss Multinational pageant will take place in New Delhi, India.

This year’s Miss World pageant becomes even more meaningful because of its renewed commitment to its charitable advocacies. MWP has chosen the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center as its beneficiary, with particular focus on the care and rehabilitation of its indigent pediatric patients.

This year, MWP will also be unveiling a new crown as designed by Megan Young, 2013 Miss World. The MWP pageant has been scheduled for Sept. 3 at the SM MOA Arena, and will be telecast via GMA-7 on the same night.

The deadline for application is on July 22, 2017. Interested applicants may submit their documents together with their photos in person at the Miss World Philippines Secretariat or email to: secretariat@missworldphilippines.org.

Unique style

Kiko Estrada, who plays one of the lead roles on the GMA primetime series “Mulawin Vs. Ravena,” has a way of internalizing his role: 10 minutes before facing the cameras, he secludes himself in a corner to become the character he plays.

Kiko Estrada

Kiko Estrada

“Mulawin Vs. Ravena” also stars Dennis Trillo, Regine Velasquez, Lovi Poe, Roi Vinzon, Ariel Rivera and Dion Ignacio among others. It airs weeknights on GMA Telebabad.

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